Filmmaker Todd Douglas Miller to Present Keynote at 2019 NAB Show’s Future of Cinema Conference, Produced in Partnership With SMPTE

SMPTE® announced that Todd Douglas Miller, the filmmaker behind the critically acclaimed “Apollo 11” moon landing documentary, will present the keynote at the 2019 NAB Show’s Future of Cinema Conference (FoCC), produced in partnership with SMPTE.

NAB Show’s FoCC, “Now, Next, and Beyond the Yellow Brick Road,” will take place April 6-7 in Las Vegas. Scheduled for 9:10 a.m. on Saturday, April 6, Miller’s keynote will describe the process of making “Apollo 11,” which premiered Jan. 24 at the Sundance Film Festival, where it received a Special Grand Jury Prize for Editing.

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Filmmaker Todd Douglas Miller to Present Keynote at 2019 NAB Show’s Future of Cinema Conference

“Our intention with ‘Apollo 11’ was to make an art film out of all of the archival materials that we had available, and in the end, we created a direct, fly-on-the-wall cinema experience,” said Miller. “Both the art and science of working with images and sound were critical throughout this project, and I look forward to discussing how they came together during the process of making ‘Apollo 11’ a reality.”

Working with pristine, unprocessed, never-before-seen 65 mm footage recently discovered in the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), as well as 11,000 hours of uncatalogued NASA audio recordings, Miller and his colleagues first digitized and restored the film. Next, the team created an 8K transfer that represents the highest-resolution, highest-quality digital collection of Apollo 11 footage. The 93-minute motion picture, which was cut from this transfer, revives the historic 1969 moon landing by Apollo 11 mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin with breathtaking clarity.

Critics have called “Apollo 11” astonishing, with Variety saying the film “images channel…the wonder of the unprecedented…a dream made real.” The film opens exclusively in Imax theaters on March 1 and everywhere on March 8, and is being distributed by NEON/CNN Films.

“Todd and his colleagues undertook a monumental challenge in making ‘Apollo 11,'” said FoCC Program Committee Chair and 30 Ninjas CEO Julina Tatlock, who is also an award-winning writer-producer, virtual reality (VR) director, and social TV specialist. “In addition to creating an astounding cinematic experience, they restored, digitized, and catalogued a wealth of audio and video representing one of the United States’ greatest achievements. We’re excited to be giving FoCC attendees the opportunity to hear this remarkable story, especially given this is the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing.”

Miller’s work also includes the Emmy® Award-winning “Dinosaur 13,” which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by Lionsgate and CNN Films. His other films include “Gahanna Bill,” “Scaring the Fish,” and “The Last Steps.” Miller’s company, Statement Pictures, based in Brooklyn, New York, produces feature-length films, documentaries, and large-format/Imax films for science centers and museums. His short-form work has won numerous international and national awards, including the CINE Golden Eagle, Telly, Aurora, and AXIEM Award.

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Bittree Continues Legacy of Innovation with World’s First Dante Network-Enabled Patchbay

Bittree, a leading manufacturer of high-quality audio and video patchbays and patch panels, will bring the world’s first Dante audio patchbay to market in time for the 2019 NAB Show. The company will demonstrate its innovation at Booth SU6221 in the Las Vegas Convention Center from April 8-11.

Bittree’s Dante patchbay eliminates the complexity of analog and Dante audio patching in the broadcast infrastructure. It provides a ramp to instantly move 16 channels of analog audio on and off of Dante networks, and serves as a natural bridge to unite legacy audio equipment with IP systems. Beyond broadcast, the Dante patchbay provides connectivity solutions to recording studios, post-production facilities and commercial AV environments (houses of worship, live event and performance venues, and large corporate and higher education campuses).

Consultants and systems integrators benefit from reduced labor and integration costs by removing the need to hard-wire devices into the patching systems. This eliminating extraneous cabling and conversion equipment – and the costs that come with it.

The Bittree Dante patchbay will interface with Dante Virtual Soundcard, countless Dante devices, and almost any analog component in the same system, including audio distribution equipment, digital audio workstations (DAWs), digital signal processors (DSPs), mixing consoles, multi-track recorders and video routers. The compact standalone or rack-mounted 1.5RU powder-coat enclosure carefully incorporates TT patching for audio I/O (16×16), redundant DC power in, external word clock I/O, network status, and audio VU multi-level LED metering.

Bryan Carpenter, senior sales consultant at Bittree, notes that the company’s Dante patchbay continues Bittree’s legacy of innovation over four decades. Bittree’s industry-firsts include the E3 connectorized audio patchbay and its patented, front-programmable audio technology.

“This is an ideal meeting of true innovators in engineering,” said Carpenter. “Audinate’s Dante innovation has been an undeniable gamechanger for integrators and end users in several industries, and has an exceptionally wide rate of acceptance within the manufacturing community. This patchbay streamlines the integration of analog and digital network audio patching, and establishes a foundation for interconnectivity across facilities within central equipment rooms, production studios, and IT closets among other locations. It is flexible enough to immediately solve problems in existing facilities, or optimize flexibility from the start in new facility designs.”

Bittree’s Dante patchbay supports a wide variety of audio sample rates ranging from 24-bit 44.1 to 192 kHz. The design integrates balanced TT connections to Dante analog and digital conversions, maintaining signal integrity and audio quality without requiring specialized patchbay circuit programming. Settings will be configurable using Dante Controller, including sample rates and channel assignments to and from Dante networks.

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TVU Networks to Introduce Updates to Media Supply Chain Platform

TVU Networks will demonstrate the newest product updates for TVU MediaMind, its media supply chain platform, in the company’s booth (#C1707) at the annual NAB Show in April. TVU MediaMind’s story-centric workflow approach simplifies content creation, production and distribution while incorporating the latest integration and support for automation, AI, streaming, 4K and 5G.

“With the many, different ways media content is consumed today by viewers, broadcasters can no longer acquire, produce and distribute media for just TV. In fact, the way programs are created must completely change,” said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks. “By automating and optimizing the media supply chain process, broadcasters can realize the benefits of taking raw content and re-using it across many platforms, programs and even organizations. TVU MediaMind allows anyone to create stories, wherever and however they want efficiently, effectively and without limits.”

TVU_One_032019For example, within content acquisition, the company will showcase a new 4K version of its TVU One mobile transmitter, which is the first cellular mobile unit with the ability to transmit Ultra-HD/4Kp60 HEVC content. “UHD/4Kp60 is a much more technically challenging resolution to achieve in a cellular mobile unit,” explained Shen. “However, using our patented IS+ transmission algorithm and advanced FEC technology, we were able to overcome these challenges and transmit video in full UHD/4K at 60 frames per second.”

Added Shen, “The TVU One 4K and our entire family of portable and rack-mount transmitters are also now 5G ready.”

Other TVU solutions receiving enhancements and updates that will be demonstrated at NAB include:

  • TVU One TM1000, TVU’s flag-ship HEVC cellular 4G/LTE mobile transmitter
  • TVU Anywhere, an app for capturing and streaming live video from anywhere
  • TVU CAS (Contribution Automation Solution) with new automated workflow integration
  • TVU Command Center for cloud-based centralized management of TVU devices and services
  • TVU Grid, an IP-based video switching, routing and distribution solution
  • TVU Producer for full-featured cloud-based live video production
  • TVU Receivers and Transceivers for video decoding, distribution and management of
  • TVU and IP video sources
  • TVU Remote Production System, a cost-effective solution for live remote synchronized multi-camera production for news and sports
  • TVU Router, a portable broadband Internet access point providing up to 200Mbps of untethered Internet connectivity

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Zylia to Speak on Immersive Audio Capture at AES Dublin 2019 and AES York 2019

“The AES events in Dublin and York offer great opportunities for us to provide practical advice on how to best capture immersive audio. We’re seeing a lot of interest in our 360-degree recording technology and a high demand for guidance in maximizing the potential of spatial recordings that capture the entire sound scene,” said Tomasz Żernicki co-founder and chief technology officer of Zylia.

Zylia at AES Dublin 2019

Żernicki will chair a March 22 workshop titled “Video Creations for Music, Virtual Reality, Six Degrees of Freedom (6DoF) VR, and 3D Productions — Case Studies.” The workshop’s panel of professional audio engineers and musicians will include Przemysław Danowski from the department of sound engineering at Frederic Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Poland; Hans-Peter Gasselseder of Aalborg University of Aalborg, Denmark; Maria Kallionpää of Hong Kong Baptist University in Hong Kong; and Eduardo Patricio, sound engineer and designer at Zylia.

The workshop will examine spatial audio-video creations in practice. Panelists will talk about how their 360-degree, 3D, and ambient productions combine sound and vision and discuss spatial recordings of concert music. The workshop will focus on the usage of spherical microphone arrays that enable users to record the entire 3D sound scene as well as 6DoF VR. Panelists will discuss how separation of individual sound sources in postproduction and Ambisonics enables creatives to achieve unique audio effects.

Also, during AES Dublin 2019, Zylia audio research engineer Łukasz Januszkiewicz will join Żernicki and Patricio to present a paper titled “Toward Six Degrees of Freedom Audio Recording and Playback Using Multiple Ambisonics Sound Fields.” The paper session is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. GMT on March 20.

Furthermore, Żernicki has been invited to judge the Saul Walker Student Design Competition during the 146th AES Convention in Dublin. The contest is an opportunity for aspiring hardware and software engineers to gain recognition for their hard work, technical creativity, and ingenuity.

“It is a great privilege for me to be in the jury of this year’s Saul Walker Student Design Competition. The idea of this contest is very close to me for many reasons: On one hand, Zylia’s mission is to create technologies and products that set trends in the audio industry; on the other, hard work, creativity, and courage are values we cherish the most in our team,” Żernicki said.

Zylia at the 2019 AES International Conference on Immersive and Interactive Audio

At the Immersive and Interactive Audio Conference, Żernicki, Patricio, and Januszkiewicz will hold a workshop titled “Six Degrees of Freedom Audio Capture and Playback Using Multiple Higher Order Ambisonics (HOA) Microphones.” Designed for professionals who wish to capture immersive audio scenes for VR or music production, this workshop will focus on recording sound and enabling 6DoF playback by using multiple simultaneous and synchronized HOA recordings. Zylia experts will explain how this strategy enables users to navigate a simulated 3D space and listen to the 6DoF recordings from different perspectives. They will also address challenges related to creating a unity-based navigable 3D audiovisual playback system.

  • AES Dublin 2019 will take place March 20-23 at the Convention Centre Dublin.
  • 2019 AES International Conference on Immersive and Interactive Audio will be held March 27-29 at the Contemporary Music Research Centre at the University of York.

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Bannister Lake to Highlight New Feature Set and NDI Version of Chameleon at 2019 NAB Show

Bannister Lake’s industry-leading data and graphics management solution, Chameleon, will be in the spotlight at the 2019 NAB Show with a focus on the product’s new election, sponsorship, and security functionality.

As broadcasters start planning for the 2020 presidential election, Chameleon boasts improvements to its election race modules, providing producers with more options to ingest and manage result data feeds, referendums, propositions, and acclaimed candidates.

The latest release highlights Chameleon’s ability to drive online, mobile, and social media election experiences by feeding data to web widgets and automatically sending out tweets based on Chameleon data conditions. These exciting features allow producers to utilize Chameleon data to visualize election results interactively, presenting innovative new storytelling possibilities.

A new and improved sponsor module tracks and connects campaigns to specific sponsors, making as-run logging clearer and better defined. Chameleon also includes enhanced security features aligned with NIST guidelines with improved password protection.

Bannister Lake has also focused a great deal of attention on social media, enhancing Chameleon’s Twitter search capabilities and improving the product’s media module, introducing bins for organizing content and the enablement of multifile uploads.

Product demonstrations will feature projects focused on Bannister Lake’s recent work in elections, eSports, and event signage.

At NAB, Bannister Lake will also be introducing a new version of its Chameleon NDI player, providing NDI users with the ability to fully manage and visualize live data feeds. NDI users will be able to integrate, moderate, and customize multiple live data feeds into graphic templates and provide their audiences with real-time news, weather, sports, social media, financial, and customized data.

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Bannister Lake’s Chameleon, data aggregation and graphics management solution, takes center stage at the 2019 NAB Show, Booth SL5616.

As part of NAB’s Broadcast Engineering and Information Technology Conference (BEITC), Al Savoie, Bannister Lake’s creative and technical director, will be presenting his co-authored whitepaper “New Methodologies in Real-Time Data Aggregation and Management for Broadcast Presentation and Distribution.” The interactive session will explore Bannister Lake’s unique approach to data aggregation and feature production examples from both broadcast and eSports. Savoie’s presentation takes place on April 10 at 4 p.m. at the Las Vegas Convention Center room N260.

In addition, NAB attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about Bannister Lake’s Zeus media storage and playout solution. Perfect for image- and clip-intensive production environments, Zeus provides producers with easy and immediate access to content. It is an ideal solution for home shopping channels, entertainment programs, news, sports productions, and any situation where high volume, quick turnaround, and unpredictability of clip and image requirements must be carefully managed. With minimum custom development, Zeus can be fully integrated with popular MAM systems, providing broadcasters with access to vast libraries of clip and image content.

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Bannister Lake to Present at the 2019 NAB Show BEITC

Bannister Lake announced that Alain Savoie, the company’s creative and technical director, will be presenting his co-authored white paper, “New Methodologies in Real-Time Data Aggregation and Management for Broadcast Presentation and Distribution” at the 2019 NAB Show. Along with Savoie, the paper was written by Bannister Lake’s Vernon Freedlander who heads strategic partnerships and the company’s president, Georg Hentsch. The presentation takes place on Wednesday, April 10 at 4 p.m. at the Las Vegas Convention Center room N260.

Live data, its management and visualization, have become an integral part of the broadcast and visual communications workflow. Whether used in fast-moving, dynamic on-air presentations such as elections, news, sports, eSports, or finance, or to populate and control on-air branding, effective live-data aggregation and management drives efficiencies and creates new monetization possibilities. As broadcasters seek out new revenue streams, live data plays a key role both online and in developing new markets such as streaming and digital signage.

Savoie will be speaking on several important data-related topics that directly impact the broadcast industry. The presentation will focus on unique data-driven engineering and development methodologies, and how broadcasters can take advantage of the data aggregation and management tools and techniques these methodologies foster to create more efficient and automated production workflows. Savoie will also explore how broadcasters can utilize real-time data to create and distribute new revenue-generating products and services. Savoie will use examples from broadcast, eSports, and event signage to illustrate.

Savoie is an industry authority on live-data-driven graphics. He has worked on numerous high-profile broadcast projects integrating data into innovative graphic solutions. At Bannister Lake he is responsible for integrating data feed content into Bannister Lake’s data aggregation and management technology suite and in turn outputting data to on-air graphic systems throughout the broadcast and event ecosystem. Savoie works directly with engineers, designers, editorial teams, and event producers offering training, commissioning, graphic operations, and consultation to meet any data and technical requirement within the production and graphic display workflow.

At the 2019 NAB Show Bannister Lake will be highlighting its flagship data aggregation and graphics management solution, Chameleon. Chameleon provides networks and station groups with unparalleled data aggregation, graphics management, and visualization possibilities. Beyond broadcast, the Chameleon solution is used in multiple data applications: OTT, streaming, digital signage, HTML5, online, and mobile. Chameleon reads, ingests, and manages multiple, diverse data feeds through an advanced web interface, providing users with full control over incoming data. Users can edit, moderate, blend, and manage datasets to generate completely customizable and automated tickers, L-bars, full frame graphics, and branding elements.

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